5 Makeup Removal Mistakes That Might Be Adding Years To Your Face Secretly

Congrats! Now, you’re a makeup pro. You glow and look youthful. Just a dab of foundation here and a splash of color there – voila! You are done. You wear sunscreen and have your own favorite eye cream. You’re good to go, right? Well, not really! Something as simple as lack of proper makeup removal technique can add years to your look. No, we are not kidding!

We’re not here to scare you. But we all make certain makeup removal mistakes that we all are guilty of. And these makeup mistakes can cost a lot more than we expected, simply, by adding years to our face. Let’s explore such makeup removal mistakes that we have been doing unknowingly.

5 Makeup Removal Mistakes

You use the same face towel for days

Yes, this sounds a bit tacky but how many of us are actually guilty of doing this? It is highly recommended to change your face towel daily. Free radicals tend to build upon on our face, which are then transferred to face towels, thus giving us those unwanted wrinkles.

You rely too much on face wipes

Makeup removing face wipes don’t do much to clean your skin. Let’s face it! They only help in removing the visible makeup. Further, they dry out the skin, especially around the eyes, thus making crow’s feet all the more visible. The best way to remove makeup it to use water and face wash – that is what is going to help you get rid of that thick layer of makeup you carry all day long.

You’re using an overwhelming cleanser

We called it overwhelming because cleanser is only good at forming a lot of foamy stuff. But that would not cut the makeup. And this is the reason that you see subtle BB cream smudges on your towel after washing your face with a face wash. The best way is to use a makeup remover or a face wash that is made to remove makeup.

You often doze off with open hair

We understand. After coming back home past midnight, making even a simple pony seems like a big task and you often end up sleeping with open hair. What’s more? Makeup residue gets accumulated around your hairline, thus leading to clogged pores and breakouts. Don’t be surprised if you find breakouts on your forehead the next morning!

You often end up skipping the last step

No matter the kind of skin you have, make it a point that you complete the process with a good moisturizer. Seal the lips with a good lip balm after you have removed the lipstick and dab an eye cream.

Finally, all done! Permission granted to hit that pillow as it beckons.

Good night.

Ways Showering Can Affect Your Skin And Skincare

A long and hot shower after a tiresome day is something everyone would love to do. Some people are also habituated to taking showers every day after work.

But people, before you make such decisions make sure you know how taking hot showers affects your skin. Many people have less idea about the showering effects and just take long and hot showers as it is soothing. Regretting later after your skin is already affected is unwise. So, read this article and know how showering affects your skin and make sure you don’t have to regret it later! Read on!

Human skin is made up of three layers which are epidermis, dermis, and subcutis. Hot and long showers affect the epidermis layer which is the outermost layer. This layer is filled with keratin which is responsible for providing defence against outside environment and also help the body skin in retaining moisture. To help keratin retain moisture, a thin oil layer is produced by our body. That’s the biology.

 What happens to our skin when we take long showers?

  • The oil layer is washed off when we take showers. Excessive showering completely washes off this oil thus disallowing keratin retain moisture. So, your skin looks dry and signs of aging like wrinkles can be seen.
  • Although tub time might feel very luxurious, spending more time in a bath tub taking showers can harm your skin by completing making it dry and pale. There is no natural bounce in the skin and we tend to develop folded skin.
  • Excessive showering can cause redness in the skin which gradually turns into itching and peeling. Yes, it is something close to a sunburn. This leads to disrupting of skin’s moisture balance leading to itchy skin.
  • The essential fats and proteins present in the oil layer are washed off thus robbing you of your healthy and glowing skin.
  • It leads to dry skin which can cause infection. The infection if not treated immediately might even lead to skin cancer. Yes. That’s how serious it can get!
  • Itchy rashes are also developed which lessens your beauty. Having a pretty face fails to grab attention if you have rashes all over your skin.
  • Cool showers which can be taken twice in a week can help to keep your hair strong and healthy. Also, there is a natural glow in your skin. But, excessive cool showers as well is a NO.

Thus, both hot showers and cool showers when taken excessively can have adverse effects on your skin. So how do you reduce the effects?

Taking care of skin while taking shower

  • Decrease the temperature of your water once you find out your skin is turning red. Probably, it’s too hot.
  • Use moisturizing products to prevent your oil layer from getting washed off.
  • Do not stay in your bathtub for too long and always make sure the temperature is moderate.
  • Use various skin care products if you are developing rashes and itching. Also, consult a dermatologist if the itches and rashes are increasing.

 

5 Moisturizer Myths You Should Stop Believing Right Now

The relation between women and moisturisers has been going strong for generations.

Undoubtedly, moisturiser is a critical part of a healthy skin routine, however, there are a few tales going around which advise you to avoid moisturiser completely.

But, lovelies, let that not bother you. The moisturiser has always been an integral part of our daily skin regime, and do not let anyone tell you otherwise.

Here we are all-set to bust a few popular moisturizer myths for you.
Let’s get started.

  • Myth 1: All creams are same

If you feel that all creams are same, you might need to reconsider your views. It is true that all moisturisers contain water and other ingredients in a certain proportion. However, the basic difference lies in the proportion of the ingredients used.

Thus, there is nothing like one fit standard solution. A moisturizer might work wonders for dry skin and can be a complete disaster for the oily skin.

This is why it is highly recommended to choose a moisturizer which is in line with your skin type and skin needs.

  • Myth 2: Your skin gets addicted to moisturizer

Our skin tends to lose its moisture quite quickly than you might think. It gets dehydrated due to harsher climates, air conditioning systems at our homes, water exposure and genetics.

Since you overall cannot escape these unavoidable factors, it is essential to keep your skin moisturized with the help of a moisturizer on a daily basis.

Thus, it is wrong to conclude that our skin gets addicted to moisturiser, instead, moisturiser helps our skin to stay hydrated.

  • Myth 3: People with oily skin should avoid moisturiser completely

No, you should not avoid the moisturiser completely, but be careful while choosing a moisturiser. Choose a moisturiser which doesn’t add oil to your skin but just hydrates it enough.

You should investigate the ingredients present in your moisturiser for best results. Essentially look for ingredients like hyaluronic acid which keep your skin hydrated without making it look oily.

  • Myth 4: You don’t need sunscreen if your moisturiser has sufficient SPF

Well, this depends.
In winters, a moisturiser with enough SPF might work, but in summers, and especially when you are visiting warm places like the Caribbean, you should always apply a high quality sunscreen for full proof UVA protection.

  • Myth 5: You should always apply moisturiser to a dry skin

This again is a myth. Your skin absorbs the moisture best when it is slightly damped. Thus, make it a point to apply the moisturiser once you have taken bath and within 3 minutes of patting your body dry with a towel.

Otherwise, you won’t be able to lock in the moisture of the skin.

Your Turn

We hope that this article would have cleared a lot of myths we often hear and there. So, stay confident and slay with your beautiful skin!

How to Tell If the Laundry Detergent is messing up with Your Skin

Did you know that your laundry detergent could be the ultimate reason behind your constant skin rashes and irritation? Surprised? This is true.

Our laundry detergents, these days, come loaded with an array of harsh chemicals, and it is not surprising that they might interfere with our skin.

But how to tell if your laundry detergent is at fault? Laundry detergent is capable of causing rashes to your skin known as contact dermatitis. There are certain symptoms that can help you identify if it is your laundry detergent that is messing up with your skin.

Symptoms of Contact Dermatitis

Contact Dermatitis is caused when your skin is in constant touch with soaps, metals or plants. It can be an irritant or allergic contact dermatitis.

If you are not allergic to any substance present in the laundry detergent and still have contact dermatitis, then it is due to irritant dermatitis. These are none-allergic skin rashes. When your upper layer of skin is affected by a harmful substance, it starts causing itchiness.

When you are allergic to any substance in the detergent and as a result, your body sends an allergic response, this is allergic contact dermatitis.

If you experience allergy with your laundry detergent, these are some of the symptoms you will experience after its immediate contact or after a few hours of wearing freshly washed clothes. These symptoms include red rashes, prolonged itching, swelling, blisters, burning skin, and dry, scaly skin.

However, these are some common symptoms that can even be triggered when you use a new skincare product, try a new cuisine or anything out of your usual daily routine. If you haven’t done any such thing recently, it makes you closer to identify laundry detergent as the real culprit.

Next, the location of the skin rash can help in determining the underlying cause. If you are a one side sleeper and your rashes appear on the same side, it could probably be from the contact of detergent. If you have recently switched to a new detergent or have been sleeping in hotel rooms, such possibilities make you closer to detergent being the cause.

If still, you can’t be clear cut sure if it is the detergent that is messing up, consult a skin specialist or an allergist. They perform, certain test such as a patch test that can confirm the cause of the allergy.

Tips To Prevent Contact Dermatitis from Laundry Detergent

You need to change the way you use laundry detergent for washing clothes to rule out the contact dermatitis in the future. These changes can be:

  • Try to choose detergent free from fragrance and dye. In order to add fragrance in detergents, manufacturers often add chemicals which might prove disastrous to your skin.
  • To eliminate the possibility of any detergent left in your clothes after the first wash, run your rinse cycle twice just to be sure. Use hot water for washing clothes to kill the allergens.
  • Clean your washing machine after any use to prevent prolonged stay of detergent stuck in them.

 Use possibly less quantity of detergent to wash clothes.

Simply keep the above-mentioned points in mind, and prevent your laundry detergent from messing up with your skin.

What is Making Your Skin Dry And What To Do About It?

Dry skin is one of the most difficult problems to tackle. When external phenomena and sometimes internal ones wipe out the moisture from your skin, you are left with a dry patchy skin. The skin needs a good amount of moisture in order to breathe and stay healthy. But the question is what exactly the causes behind dry skin are?

  • The weather

The first thing which is attributed for dry skin is the weather, especially the winters. During the winters the weather is on a drier side and there is a lack of humidity. Both these things rob the natural moisture from your skin and results in dry skin. The air which blows during this period is known to parch the skin which is also detrimental to it. If you think that staying indoors and using the heater would help then you are sorely mistaken as it also adds in stripping the much-needed moisture from the air.

  • The location

It is true that winters can actually leave your skin dry but the location i.e. the geographical location is more often than not responsible for this skin related problem. For instance, if you are living in a region which exhibits desert like conditions then it is pretty normal for you to experience high temperatures. The problem with these places is that although the temperature here is pretty high, but there isn’t much humidity in the air; hence, chances of having dry skin increases.

  • Showers

If you are one of those who like to take long steamy showers, then it is time to rethink. It has been observed that these showers can be soothing for you but are pretty dangerous for your skin. What they essentially do is accelerate the process of drying the natural oil in your body which is important for keeping your skin healthy and moist. Moreover, if you like to swim, then you should be careful about the pool you are using for this purpose. If the pool is highly chlorinated then it can also contribute in the process of drying your skin.

  • Soap

It is true that you need to clean your body to remain healthy. But you also need to be careful about the soap you use for this purpose. If you are using a soap which is made of elements which have an affinity of consuming moisture then it would be prudent not to use it on your skin. What these soaps do is rob the natural moisture in the skin and make them dry.

  • Sunlight

You have to be careful when you step out of your house, especially in the mornings and afternoons. The sun has a tendency of drying up your skin. Thus iprotecting your skin at all times is necessary. The reason you have to be careful here is the UV rays emitted by the sun can penetrate deep into your skin. This extinguishes the moisture within and leaves it drying and saggy.

  • Skin issues

Another reason why you might have dry skin is due to issues or existing skin diseases. If you are already suffering from skin related diseases like psoriasis and eczema, then chances of having dry skin increases.

Beauty and Skin Care Guide for Autumn

The warmer months are fun and all, but they often leave our skin tired and dull.

As the autumn sets in, and the weather transitions itself to colder months, the environment becomes soothing and starts preparing itself for the dip in mercury levels ahead.

This is the right time that you should start taking care of your skin or else it might become dry as the temperature drops.

Here are a few tips which will help you in getting your glow back.

  • Exfoliation is very important

Irrespective of the season, always remember to exfoliate. Dead skin cells start building up and the skin starts peeling off in the autumn. Thus, exfoliate your skin pretty well.

  • Keep your skin hydrated at all times

During autumn, the winds get colder and your skin begins to feel dry. This is why hydration is of utmost importance. It is highly recommended to use a gentle moisturizer to get rid of a dry and flaky skin and to keep your skin hydrated.

  • Apply a face mask

As mentioned before, staying outdoors during the summer months makes your skin look tired. Autumn is the right time to get your glow back. Use a rejuvenating face mask to nourish your skin from within. Try using skin masks that are organic and gentle.

  • Protect your skin with sunscreen

Even if the days are chilly, and the sunshine is mellow, do not forget to apply sunscreen during autumn. Sunscreen is a must and you cannot drop it from your skin care regime at any time.

  • Avoid very long and hot showers

 It might be tempting to take a long, hot shower during autumn when the days are just beginning to turn cold, but avoid it as much as possible. Unnecessarily long showers with warm water absorb the skin’s natural oils and make your skin feel dry and tired. Therefore, go for shorter showers with lukewarm water and use a gentle, moisturizing body wash.

  • Use anti-aging or anti-wrinkle creams

Dry skin is very prone to fine lines and wrinkles. Thus, this is the ideal time to protect your under eyes. Always use an under eye cream before applying any makeup. You should also moisturize your skin well with an anti-wrinkle cream.

  • Moisturize your hands and feet

As autumn sets in and the weather becomes colder, your hands and feet start becoming dry. The skin around your fingers and heels will start peeling. To get rid of this, it is highly recommended to moisturize using a hand and foot cream. Also, don’t forget to use a scrub to get rid of dirt and dead skin cells.

These were just a few simple and easy-to-follow tips through which you can take care of your skin in autumn. What are your views on this? Let us know in the comments below.

Say Good Bye to Body Acne with These Tips

Summer is around the corner along with the stubborn and frustrating body acne.  Excessive heat, pollution, and dust are skin enemies and cause uninvited acne.

In here, we’re sharing some easy tips and lifestyle habits to fight body acne and get a clearer skin this season:

  • Hydrate, Feel Great! 

This is perhaps the easiest thing one can do for a healthier body and clearer skin. Make water bottle your all-day companion. Start your morning with lots of water and carry a BPA-free water bottle and sip frequently. This will drain the toxins and help you stay hydrated and, in turn, have a happy acne-free body.

  • Mask it, Honey!

Pamper yourself with a honey mask especially when your skin feels dry/tight/itchy. Honey is antibacterial, hydrating and fabulous for balancing skin pH and reducing acne. Your skin will love this treatment.

  • Veggies Please

Junk the junk food and include more veggies. A balance of vitamins and nutrients is all you need for the body skin to glow and feel alive. Make a bowl of rich green veggie salad to get a good dose of vitamins and nutrients. Healthy food helps to lower inflammation in the body and detoxes it gently and deeply.

  • Sugar? Nah!!

Ease up on the sugar. Refined sugar spikes our blood sugar and hormones levels which can lead to acne while also making you gain weight. Sugar triggers the release of insulin in the blood, which further produces acne-causing hormones in the body. So, next time make sure that you watch the sugar content before buying anything at the superstore.

  • No More Dairy

Avoid eating dairy products like cheese, and milk. They are difficult to digest and produce mucus which can block body pores and cause acne.

  • Goodbye Coffee

It might be hard to say goodbye to the coffee initially, but it will help you in the long run. Caffeine dehydrates the skin, ruins sleep, raises stress and the after effect is early aging and even worse skin. Coffee is known to trigger hormonal acne as well.

  • Don’t Forget The Sunscreen!

Sun damage makes the acne worse and extends its stay. Thus it is essential to apply the sunscreen on exposed body parts. It will help skin in so many ways by making you look younger and youthful.

  • Try a Topical Essential Oil Treatment

Coconut oil has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. You can add some drops of tea tree, orange, cinnamon or rose oil to ward off acne from your body.     

  • Don’t Pick or Squeeze! 

Last but most important- After all the DIY remedies, try to have patience while the acne is healing. Avoid squeezing them as this will introduce and multiply bacteria’s on other parts of the skin and make the situation even worse.

Along with the above tips, it is highly recommended to wear loose clothes, sleep well and live stress-free. Go out and flaunt your body with confidence and show the world the real you.

Oatmeal – The Powerhouse of Goodness

Oatmeal, as the name suggests, is made from hulled oat grains which have been grounded or milled.

How often have we come to enjoy a bowl of hot oats and milk in the morning? This is because they are healthy and nutritious.

Furthermore, oats are even useful for the skin.
This makes them a perfect ingredient of face scrubs and the likes.  In general, oatmeal is also known to lower the chances of heart attacks and keeps your blood cholesterol in control.

Ways Oatmeal Benefits You

Oatmeal presents a number of different health benefits when either consumed directly or applied as a skin product. Here are some ways in which oatmeal can be advantageous for you.

  • Oatmeal can hugely reduce the cholesterol level in the body. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, one should consume 3 grams of oatmeal on a regular basis. For better results, you should combine it with fruits containing vitamin C.
  • Oatmeal also works well against skin acne. When it is used as a facial mask, the oatmeal works treats and cleanses your skin well.
  • According to studies, oatmeal also helps you in losing. Since it is high in protein content, consuming a bowl of oatmeal in the morning keeps you satiated for a long time. This, in turn, reduces the fat intake of the body and keeps the metabolism rate high.
  • It has also been found that oatmeal can actually decrease the chances of childhood asthma. According to researchers from across the globe, when a child consumes oats on a regular basis, he or she has lower chances of suffering from asthma or any allergic diseases.
  • Oatmeal can also act as a great moisturizer for the skin. This can be attributed to the high protein and lipid content in these grains. In effect, it helps soften the skin and keeps it hydrated. Add to that, the soothing properties of oatmeal can actually help the skin recover from sunburn.
  • When you are out in those bright sunny days, an oatmeal sunscreen can help you protect the skin from the harmful UV rays and prospective sunburn. 
  • Oatmeal is also known to benefit your hair greatly. It can be used to treat dandruff and prevent hair loss. When mixed with fresh milk and almond milk, and applied on to the hair as a mask, oatmeal can help strengthen the hair roots.

Home Recipes for Oatmeal

Oatmeal can be used to prepare a lot of recipes at home. Read on.

  1. Exfoliating skin mask

Oatmeal can clean your skin and treat your acne. All you need to do is mix some rose water, honey, applesauce and oatmeal. Use this mask on your face for 10-15 minutes before washing it off with lukewarm water.

  1. Oatmeal mask for oily skin

If you are one of those suffering from an extremely oily skin, an oatmeal mask can help you in the process. Add some cooked oatmeal, honey, and plain yogurt and mix it well. Apply the mixture thoroughly on your face. After 10-15 minutes, wash it off with cold water.

  1. Oatmeal scrub

Oatmeal can also work well as a face scrub. Add one tablespoon of oatmeal, some warm water, and wait till it gets soft. In a circular motion, apply it on your skin in circular motion for best results.

  1. Oatmeal breakfast

If you want to consume oatmeal for breakfast, all you have to do is add it to a bowl of milk, and top it with fruits like apples, almonds, and the likes. This will give you a healthy and filling breakfast option.

Are You Over Exfoliating Your Skin?

Frustrated with the redness or irritation on your face? Or are you perplexed to discover sudden new changes in your face? Well, it may be an indication of over-exfoliation. You can also put it in this manner that it is a way of the skin to say that you are ripping off all the natural moisture and leaving it barren. The very first question that will strike you now is that how much is too much exfoliation?

How much is too much?

Everyone, especially the damsels, maintain a simple common beauty treatment every day, which includes cleansing-exfoliating-toning. If you are one of those who feels stressed on the exfoliation part will enhance your beauty, then you are on a wrong track. There are many living examples who are dealing with the predicaments of this common mistake of over-exfoliation. The main point that lies here is that there is no specific measuring instrument or parameter to show how much is too much regarding the exfoliation of your skin. Rather, you should be the very first person to realize or feel that your skin is over-exfoliated. It is right when you begin to discover:

  • Excessive dryness
  • Irritation
  • Patchiness
  • Redness
  • Increased sensitivity

It is also when your skin loses the firmness and tends to get tanned right after a short time span of sun-exposure.

All these symptoms can be agglomerated to address as a changed pattern of the skin. So if you feel these indications mentioned above, then it is high time you realize that you are exfoliating your skin too much. And that is really too much.

You can get my point exactly when you answer this question. How many times do you scrub your face in a day and how many times you are actually supposed to scrub or exfoliate? Caught you! Using a scrub gel or an exfoliator every day is an absolute NO-NO. So when you violate this NO-NO rule, it’s a too much exfoliation. Scrubbing should be done twice or thrice a week depending on your skin texture.

Expert Speak

As illuminated in the www.cosmopolitan.com, a dermatologist of New York City- Deniss Gross (M.D.) claims “As far as manual exfoliants go, such as scrubs with tiny granules, sloughing sponges, or hand-held devices, I find that many people overuse them and/or scrub too vigorously. Cleansing your skin daily with a washcloth, and applying very light pressure using circular motions, [is usually] all you need to gently remove most dead-skin cells.”

According to www.huffingtonpost.com, Jamie Sherrill, who is a nurse and a celebrity skin expert as well, has stated that when your skin adopts certain changes and altered patterns of reaction due to exfoliation, then you are certainly exfoliating too much than you should.

Since you have found out how much is too much, maintain the actual limits of exfoliation. If you are already suffering from too much exfoliation, then take the initiative to cure it. You can go through the solutions offered by Deniss Gross in www.cosmopolitan.com. To reduce redness of your skin, use products of green-tea extracts. You can also use cucumber extract and licorice extract to soothe any inflammation.

Keep it simple and don’t over-do it. Stay beautiful!

Look Youthful After Menopause With Effective Skin Care Regime

Menopause could be frustrating, especially due to the skin changes that it brings along. But take heart, with a little care you can still look healthy and attractive.

A woman’s skin is all about hormones. The youthful skin that you get is all due to the perfect balance of the hormones. But after menopause, your skin starts to change beyond your imagination.

Your postmenopausal skin might show symptoms including of wrinkling, slackness, dryness and withering. After menopause, tearing and bruising of skin are common, and you are prone to dry skin conditions.

After the menopausal damage, the least you could add is the sun. It is a perfect storm that leaves you imbalanced and dull. However, here are some skin care remedies you can follow.

Ways to Keep Your Skin Glowing Even After Menopause

In order to look youthful even after your menopause, the best way is to focus on activities that would build collagen and elastic fibers in your skin. Here is what you can do!

Scrub it out

One of the best ways you can enhance the collagen levels in your skin is by scrubbing them regularly. Once the outer layer of the skin is shed, the deeper layers of the skin automatically get the signal to become more active. Choose gentle and good scrubs and avoid over scrubbing, especially when you have a sensitive skin. Stick to twice a week. If you have an oily and tough skin, gentle daily scrub might be okay.

Get hold of creams that build collagen

Grab all those creams that would help your skin build collagen. This will make your skin glow and make you look youthful. It is highly recommended to go for vitamin creams. Renova/ Tazorac/ Tretinoin are a few good names you can reply upon. There are also proof that vitamin C serums enhance the production of collagen. Further, alpha and beta hydroxy acids do wonders in building collagen as well.

Building collagen through lasers

Yes, you read that right! Lasers could also help in building collagen, especially longwave lasers. Intense pulse light devices (IPLs) with photo-rejuvenation send signals to skin instructing it to build more collagen. You won’t get to see the results almost instantly. However, five monthly treatments can have visible results.

Keep your skin well hydrated

Water does more good to your skin than anything else! Your skin is more prone to dryness after menopause and this is when you need to keep your skin hydrated all the more. Use steeply hydrating moisturizers and sensitive skin cleaners to avoid dryness. This would also avoid your skin from looking dull, wrinkled and crinkled.

Boost the production of hyaluronic acid

In order to get youthful skin, look for products with glycolic acid. This will enhance the levels of hyaluronic acid in your skin, thus making you look young.

Whatever you do, stay happy and embrace the change. With a little bit of hard work, you can manage to look young and dynamic forever.